Bachelor in Paradise Series Airs with Sun, Surf and Scandal
Debra Yeo - The Star
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August 15, 2017

The intiial cast of Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise while everyone was still having a good time before production got shut down. (WARNER BROS. TELEVISION)

Scandal, what scandal?

The production shutdown that almost killed Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise rated about four and a half minutes of screen time Monday night — that despite host Chris Harrison’s promise that “everything that happened” would be talked about on the premiere.

In fact, if you skipped the first minute and a half and last three minutes of the season debut you might have remained in blissful ignorance that anything was amiss.

In between Harrison’s opening speech — “It was an extraordinarily stressful and emotional time for our cast and all of our crew, including myself,” he said — and footage of Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson being pulled aside by producers and cameras being turned off, it was business as usual in Paradise, i.e. Playa Escondida in Sayulita, Mexico.

There were bikinis and buff bodies on the beach, booze and some tentative — and at this stage, relatively chaste — hookups.

The sexual — and reportedly very graphic — encounter that took place between Corinne and DeMario on the first night of filming did not get overtly discussed. Obviously we’re never going to see that video; nor should we.

What we saw was Corinne and DeMario bonding at the resort bar over shared origins in New Jersey then getting closer physically as the afternoon wore on. But it seemed funny rather than icky when the inebriated pair crashed Alex Woytkiw’s interview on their way to jump fully clothed into the pool.

“This is 30 minutes into Paradise and it is already going down,” said Alex in an impromptu play by play.

Read the rest including highlights of Paradise, Night 1 at The Star.

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